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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Leadership Skills by Jane Flaherty, Peter B. Stark

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Ensuring High Motivation

There are several helpful suggestions to ensure that motivation is high in your department. You can develop an environment that makes internal motivation a reality in your employees’ lives.

1.  Set high expectations with clearly-defined objectives. When you ask people the question, “What accomplishment are you most proud of?” most will describe an accomplishment requiring significant effort to complete. Many managers think that pushing mediocre employees to higher accomplishments requires too much effort. There is no doubt, it does require tremendous effort. But, the problem with allowing mediocre or poor employees to continue at their present levels is that the cycle of low motivation also continues. There is nothing ...

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